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8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference


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Te Marae at Te PapaOn behalf of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ), I am pleased to invite you to our biennial Health Services and Policy Research Conference. This year's conference will be held in Wellington, New Zealand in December 2013, and will be our eighth Conference, following on from our successful 2011 Conference held in Adelaide.

Conference Theme

The main conference theme is ‘Doing better with less: Enhancing health system performance in difficult times’.

Key subthemes around which the programme will be focused include:

Achieving universal coverage, low costs for patients, and integrated care: 75 years of the Social Security Act in New Zealand – In 2013, it is 75 years since the Social Security Act in New Zealand was passed into law. The Act established the principle of public financing of health care in New Zealand. We’re keen to have papers on how well New Zealand and Australia are doing and what more needs to be done to achieve the goals of universal coverage, low costs for patients, and integrated care.

Improving indigenous health and reducing inequalities for indigenous populations– Improving indigenous health and reducing disparities in health are key goals in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as in other countries. Indigenous-led health services research makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how to make health gains for indigenous peoples. We’d like to encourage indigenous health services researchers to submit abstracts on their health services research.

Improving Pacific health and reducing inequalities for Pacific populations – There is a growing number of Pacific health services research projects underway, particularly in New Zealand. We encourage Pacific health services researchers to submit papers on their health services research to the conference.

Understanding how well new forms of governance work to improve health system performance – Both in Australia and New Zealand, there are changes occurring in how the health system is governed. Australia has new local area hospitals and Medicare Locals developing, while New Zealand has encouraged a range of ‘Alliances’ across both primary and secondary health care providers, more regional planning across District Health Boards, and amalgamations of Primary Health Organisations. We’d love to hear about research that tells us how these arrangements are going. Papers on public and patient involvement in governance are also welcomed.

Priority setting and disinvestment – With the recent economic downturn, many countries are again looking at how to ensure that health funding supports the most effective and cost-effective range of services, and at how to successfully disinvest from services no longer deemed effective or cost-effective. Papers on what we can learn about successful priority setting and disinvestment processes are particularly sought for this conference. Papers on public and patient involvement in priority setting and disinvestment are also welcomed.

Developing and evaluating new models of care – Significant emphasis is being placed on developing new models of care, to shift services into community settings, reduce pressure on hospitals and enhance integration. Papers on how well new models of care achieve their goals and on implementation are also sought for this conference. Papers on public and patient involvement in the development of new models of care are also welcomed.

Enhancing quality and safety – Improved quality and safety are key focal points for government policy at present in many countries, including in New Zealand and Australia. We’re interested in papers that focus on how quality and safety can be improved, and the processes that help to support successful changes in service delivery to improve care. Papers on public and patient involvement in quality and safety initiative are also welcomed.

Enhancing health services research methods – Enhanced health services research methods are key to our research and to finding new ways to answer difficult health services questions. We’re very interested in papers that explore health services research methods in depth

Presentations outside the key sub themes will also be welcome.

Welcome to Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and one of the most picturesque, situated on a beautiful harbour, and very easy to get around. Wellington is known as New Zealand’s arts and cultural capital. If you enjoy the arts this is the place to visit.


The purpose of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand. Our Conferences are the focal point of the Association’s activities, which also includes ongoing workshops, seminars and working behind the scenes to promote health services research to research funding agencies and policymakers.

Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussion, information-sharing, strategising and problem solving as well as some great social events and networking. We are looking forward to creating a stimulating program for you as well as an engaging space for you to network, reconnect with friends and meet new people.

The Organising Committee acknowledges the generous contribution of all HSRAANZ 2013 sponsors whose support is essential to the success of the Conference. Thank you to Keynote Speaker Sponsors - APHCRI and Otago University and Bronze Sponsor - University of Canterbury.

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Ass.Professor Jackie CummingProfessor Jackie Cumming

Professor of Health Policy and Management, Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington